Tangy Miso Salad Dressing with Onion and Honey
There are different kinds of miso, including white, red, brown, and mixed. Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning which is made with rice and also soybeans or barley, and also salt or fungus. The resulting thick paste is used to make soups, spreads, and sauces. Miso is rich in vitamins and minerals, and high in protein. It is salty but different types have different flavors, depending on the fermentation process and exact ingredients. Some kinds are fruity, some are earthy, and some are tangy.
White miso, which you need to use for this recipe, is the most widely produced kind, made in many regions of Japan. It contains soybeans, rice, and barley. There are not as many soybeans in white miso as in other types though. Increasing the amount turns white miso into red or brown miso.
White miso does not need to brew for long, compared to other kinds. It tastes soft and sweet and is a great ingredient for making a Japanese salad dressing. The following delicious blend of miso paste, onion, rice vinegar, honey and more tastes lovely drizzled over mixed salad leaves or even crunchy Asian ingredients like water chestnuts, bean sprouts and julienned carrot and cucumber. You can also serve it as a dip for toasted pita bread or crackers. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter if you want a nutty dressing or some grated fresh ginger for an added dimension to the flavor.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white miso paste
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Transfer the dressing to an airtight container and chill until ready to serve.
Try this delicious miso-based salad dressing over noodles, seaweed or another kind of salad, perhaps adding radish or sliced carrot for crunch, or even water chestnuts. This would also be good over a non-Asian salad, maybe something simple like mixed greens or grilled vegetables, just to add some Japanese character to the dish. Just like with many of our other easy salad dressing recipes, this one can be thrown together in just a few minutes, as long as you have your ingredients and blender, food processor, jar or whisk ready to go.
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